Crime Victim Compensation Program

 

 

 

Hours and Contact Information:
Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
720-913-9253 (Office)
720-913-9035 (Fax)
VictimComp@denverda.org
Victim Compensation Program
201 W. Colfax, Dept 801
Denver, CO 80202

Crime Victim Compensation (CVC) is a victim service program of the Denver District Attorney’s Office that is governed by Colorado law. CVC can provide financial assistance to victims of certain crimes for specified services. Not all crime victims or crime related losses are eligible for reimbursement or payment. Any questions concerning CVC should be directed to program staff at the number above. No other agency can make promises or guarantees of approval for assistance.

Eligibility: Victims must meet certain eligibility requirements for compensation that include:

  • The crime must have occurred within the City and County of Denver after July 1, 1982,
  • Application must be made within one year of the crime, (exceptions can be made for some child abuse crimes),
  • The crime must have been reported to the Denver Police Department,
    The victim is cooperating fully with law enforcement, (police, district attorney, etc.)
  • The injury must not be attributable to the victim’s own wrongdoing or substantial provocation, and
  • The crime is one in which the victim sustained mental injury, physical injury, death, or damage to exterior residential doors, locks, or windows as the result of a compensable crime.

The Crime Victim Compensation Board can waive some of these requirements for good cause as determined by the Board.

Crime related expenses: In order to manage the available CVC funds, the Board has financial caps for some of the following services. The law specifies that no individual claim can exceed $20,000.

  • Medical and dental expenses related to injury sustained in the crime,
    • Mental health counseling,
  • Loss of wages if the victim is medically unable to work due to crime related injury,
  • Funeral and burial expenses, and
  • Exterior residential doors, lock, and windows.

CVC cannot assist with repair or replacement of property, replacement of cash, rent or other personal bills, moving or relocation expenses, or with pain and suffering.

Getting started:

  • In order to be considered for assistance, a victim must complete and submit a signed application.
  • Documentation will be required for every expense that is submitted for consideration.
  • Bills must be submitted to insurance or other sources of payment such as Medicaid, Medicare, or Worker’s Compensation.

Please review the first page of the application for additional information and instructions. Submitting an application does not guarantee that the application will be approved. The CVC Board alone can make that decision and no other agency or individual can do so.

Crime Victim Compensation documents:

The Crime Victim Compensation Program was created by law, Colorado Revised Statute 24-4.1-101 et seq., and is operated in accordance with the statute and the Bylaws and Policies and Procedures of the Second Judicial District CVC Board.

The CVC staff and Board shall not discriminate because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, or any other non merit factor in the acceptance, review, and approval of a CVC application and request.

To file a discrimination complaint please visit: www.hhs.gov/ocr.